David "Soop" Frison has a unique talent. Or rather, his talent is to get something out of you.
In just the span of two hours, Soop claims he can get anyone to do some serious, Cirque Du Soleil-style sports acrobatics balancing. Never heard of it? Think, what intense yogis do -- balancing from a partners feet, all while doing a simultaneous scorpion backbend. Except here, Soop says you don't have to be an intense yogi. Or even someone with a marginal background in gymnastics. With some confidence, and a whole lot of trust, Soop can get you to do the very same thing, with him, on the beach.
Let's digress to Soop for a minute. That's not his real name. He's David Frison, an L.A.-based actor and Hollywood body double. His accent is from Belgium, where he was once a gymnast, and he's very into sports. He got the nickname Soop, as in "Superman," because of the way he flies off the hanging rings at (the original) Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California. (There are two Muscle Beaches in L.A. ... not to be confused.)
Soop's sports acrobatics lessons are part of the new Airbnb experiences, rolling out in cities around the world. Airbnb guests can book their rooms, and then book experiences with their hosts. So far, Soop's lessons have been pretty popular. Tory Dann booked the lesson as a way to challenge herself to do something different from the standard L.A. jaunt. And to challenge the boundaries of what she thought she was capable of doing.
To the skeptics: Tory has never, ever done anything like this before. She has no history in gymnastics, no trace of dance, or prior training of any kind. So, those backbends and flips you see her doing ...she really did learn all of that in just two hours with Soop.
There’s a bigger lesson in all of this acrobatics stuff, though. Soop says testing your body in this way can do wonders for improving one’s self confidence. It’s really about learning to trust yourself, and that’s the seed he always tries to plant in his students.